On Peleliu during WWII, the Japanese took advantage of an old network of mining tunnels to hide from U.S. forces. It enabled them to effectively become invisible - and to fight the battle on their terms.
Japan feels the pressure coming from all fronts in 1945--ships from the sea, boots on the ground, and fire from the sky. The Japanese Empire has been weakened, but there is no sign of surrender. Through rarely seen color combat footage and frontline stories, witness the American invasions of Peleliu, the Philippines, and Iwo Jima, in addition to the war's first organized kamikaze attacks and the deadly raid on Tokyo.
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